Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

Custom Painted Curtains

I revealed a room I had made over for my neighbor’s little boy last week and now I get to dive into all the tutorials from the space. First up is the curtain I added to the closet! I know you guys probably think I just paint all the fabric and rugs I can get my hands on after all the things you have seen me paint in the past, but I really did try to find the perfect fabric before resorting to painting this curtain. I swear. I spent a solid month searching for the fabric that I had inside my head. I even decided to scrap the picture in my head and just find something in the right color scheme. But in the end, I gave up and decided to make my own.




I was going to sew the curtain and add the grommets myself but when I added up how much the thick fabric would be plus the big grommet kit, I decided it would be about the same to just buy one from IKEA. I really don’t enjoy sewing so it wasn’t a hard sell ;)




I have not potato stamped since I was a kid and I made my own wrapping paper (yes, I was weird).  When I made the gold confetti curtains for the little girl room I did last month, I cut out circles from vinyl to use as a stencil. I got nice and evenly painted circles. But for this look, I wanted some to look a bit faded or worn so I went with the stamping idea. I also didn’t want it to be perfectly lined up. I made it more random and didn’t worry if some of them were crooked.

It was so much fun! It went a lot faster than the stencil approach too. My best tip I could give you is to use a paint brush to apply the paint to the potato stamp instead of dipping the potato into the paint. That way, the paint won’t squish out where you don’t want it to go.




I used this same technique on some white fabric to make a matching pillow.




Since this room belongs to a little boy and kids tend to be rough on things, I decided a tension rod was not going to hold up very well. I ended up using a flange and some galvanized pipe to make a curtain rod. I used a 3/4 inch flange and 1/2 inch pipe so that in case the pipe was not cut exactly, there would be some play. Because of that, it didn’t screw into the flange but instead rested inside.




I am really happy with how it turned out! It goes so well with the rest of the room. If you missed the reveal, you need to see the whole space!




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  1. Christina in FL says

    Liza, this is brilliant! I love triangles so I am cutting up some potatoes today. :) Thanks so much. Oh, I have painted on fabric but more stenciled than stamped. :)

  2. Elisabeth says

    Hi Liza,

    I love that curtain! How good is that! The colours are great, too. You’ve gotta be happy with that!

    I have a curtain dilemma, too, and, like you, have been looking for the fabric in my head, to no avail. I’m off to IKEA tomorrow. I’ll try one more haberdashery, but if they don’t have THE fabric, I’ll just buy some Lenda curtains from IKEA, and maybe stencil something on them, and add inverted pleats. It’s so tricky, isn’t it, as curtains are pretty ‘big’ things in the scheme of a room, and they either WILL work….. or be an abysmal failure. Fingers crossed. Maybe I’ll do a potato print!

    Love your curtain. Well done.
    Cheers, Liz. (Australia)

  3. Evon says

    I really love what you did to the whole room. And I have to agree with everyone else, I love the curtain and the rod. They’re so unique, and I believe the rod will really hold up!

  4. Linda says

    I have some drop cloth grommet curtains that I made and I think I’ll try some different potato stamps on them – maybe I can make some musical notes and bars on the potatoes and come out with something close to what I have in mind. I want them faded and may try mixing some stenciling and sponge stamps too to make the music theme! Just hadn’t thought of using potatoes lately!! Thanks for the idea.

  5. Cynthia chilson finger says

    Oh my goodness! This post brought back so many happy memories doing potato stamping with my kids when they were young. The three colors you chose a perfect for a little boy. Lovely room. p.s. How cute would it be to have the child make some art for his room? :D

  6. Holly McCall {McCall Manor} says

    I LOVE THIS! Your colors are perfection and I love the potato stamps. I would love if you would link up to Your Inspired Design over at McCall Manor. We would love to feature you!